Jurassic Politicians should be put in the Apartheid Museum!

…many of the “Jurassic Politicians” are yet fighting against injustice and awaiting retribution even twenty years gone by, they seem to have been short-changed to the towering giants of the ruling “fat cats”. As they watch in envy, their comrades sitting on the gravy train whilst they watch and applaud shouting, “Amandla Iwetto” on the side-lines.

Many of the younger generation such as myself are witnessing the extinction of a breed of Politicians to which I will now refer to as the “Jurassic Politicians”. Bless them – they had suffered, been imprisoned and deduced to scorn under the Apartheid regime to which many of them could not all fit into parliament.sa

Now sadly many of them are yet fighting against injustice and awaiting retribution even twenty years gone by, they seem to have been short-changed to the towering giants of the ruling “fat cats”. As they watch in envy, their comrades sitting on the gravy train whilst they watch and applaud shouting, “Amandla Iwetto” on the side-lines.

It is a sad occurrence as many who believe that the reason for their “still” impoverished state is due to their white counterpart, or if not “whites” – just anyone who is better off than themselves. So envy and jealousy are now “clouded” with terms such as justice, level playing field and equality.

My generation who is open-minded and have been prepared to embrace a multi-cultural and diverse world sees no colour. We see education as the key to being anything you want to be and do, as opportunities are ample.

However, the Jurassic Politicians attempt to clip away the wings of this generation and therefore results in merit and accolades are not the determining factors of success but corruption and colour of one’s skin, as they themselves lack substance.

Many of the Jurassic Politicians have not finished school, or have kept a proper job yet they have been entrusted with vast amounts of public funds and responsibilities beyond their experiences or skills. I am of the younger generation and I am sure there are many with similar views who say:

  1. We don’t want further divisions against skin colour despite what you may call it BEE or “WEE” it’s not what we want!
  2. We want peace and stability of the economy and welfare. We don’t care about the offences of the past as they are forgiven.
  3. We don’t want to take revenge on crimes committed from a previous era for their descendants to pay now. This is cruel and evil.
  4. We want these “Jurassic Politicians” to grow up and wake up as times have changed!

South Africa is going back to its Apartheid Days

In this blog I would like to express my sincerely disgust to the comments of Mzwanele Jimmy Manyi, the President of Progressive Professionals Forum. He recently commented that Affirmative Action policies should be revised to exclude White women, Indian men and women, as they are already empowered. He says both coloured and black women need to be prioritised… Prioritised?

In this blog I would like to express my sincere disgust to the comments of Mzwanele Jimmy Manyi, the President of Progressive Professionals Forum. He recently commented that Affirmative Action policies should be revised to exclude White women, Indian men and women, as they are already empowered. He says both coloured and black women need to be prioritised… Prioritised?

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Jimmy, is further dividing our country!

Firstly, he speaks as if he speaks for the entire South African continent. This Jimmy has no clue as to what my generation thinks of such Jurassic mentality. My generation are intermarrying and engaging in integration with other cultures which are clearly not represented with our racist government.

They are so preoccupied with the colour of skin that they miss truly representing the people. Jimmy says government should be stricter in enforcing the Economic Empowerment codes. He is calling for un-designation of White women and Indians as a whole, to say ‘let them be out of the definition so that the focus can be on the Africans and the Coloureds’.

People like Jimmy need a reality check as he fails to realize that placing people in positions of authority requires merit and not race. Invest in the Education sector by providing “black” children better advantages should be some of the discussions.

People with narrow mindedness, bigoted and racists speech should be punished and discipline should be implemented. Jimmy, who is the President of Progressive Professionals Forum – and clearly he got his job for being black because he shows no professionalism nor respect for those who call themselves, “South African” and not as Jimmy indicates, “blacks, whites, coloureds, and Indians”.

Jimmy needs educating and should be reprimanded for coming out public with stupid ideologies!

Does the South African Embassy protect its citizens whilst abroad?

Roderick Williams, 62, cannot return home until the government of the UAE returns his passport.  (Credit: INDEPENDENT MEDIA)
Roderick Williams, 62, cannot return home until the government of the UAE returns his passport.
(Credit: INDEPENDENT MEDIA)

Roderick Williams, 62, cannot return home until the government of the UAE returns his passport, taken from him after he was accused of negligence relating to the death of a three-year-old child attending the private school where he served as the principal.

The child died of heat exposure inside a locked school bus last year. Williams’s passport was seized, and he has been “forbidden from returning home”.

Williams has taught at a number of schools and also served as principal of Athlone High.

He was cleared of any wrongdoing in the child’s death in May. He is now stranded – without an income since June – in Abu Dhabi without a passport or any means of making it home.

“I’m between a rock and a hard place, I’m not sure when I’ll get my passport back,” Williams told Heart FM, reaching out to breakfast show host, Aden Thomas.

He said the school’s case was still before the courts and would be heard again next month.

According to reports, Williams’s passport will only be returned to him if the school he taught at pays a fine of R500 000 to the Abu Dhabi courts.

The court will settle for a guarantee of payment, but the school owner is reportedly out of the country on holiday and is unable to take any action.

Williams said he also feared for his family.

The house they have been living in belongs to the company that owns the school and the family are expected to vacate it by the end of the month.

He said he received his last salary payment in June and now has no source of income

“We’ll probably be out on a limb,” he said.

To get help he went to the South African embassy in Abu Dhabi.

“I had a meeting with the embassy and they took all my details and ran through all the stuff that needed to be done in terms of bureaucracy.

“They told me they would take it to the highest possible level to get back my passport.”

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) confirmed that it was aware of Williams’s situation and that he had had a meeting with the embassy, but they were waiting for the outcome of that meeting.

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Who says that “Crime don’t Pay”

Most of us are looking at the figureheads of these controversies. I.e. the Zuma’s, Malema’s and of recent Mandela’s grandson for rape but what about the victims? Now… I’m not implying that money can buy you a get out of jail card!

South African legal system is innovative, as it may be functioning on the basimales of consensus of the people. Where does it stop – even indictments with prima facie cases are not water-tight.

We had that couple from the United Kingdom where the husband paid to have his wife killed. We have had the flamboyant displays of Mr Jacob Zuma walking through fire without scald. Recent cases off Julius Malema running through fire and not smelling like smoke and in an open arena challenging our dear President Zuma, and at another open display “to see him in court.”

zWhat is happening? Is this the Judge Judy show where courts provide the media coverage? I won’t get started on our very own blade runner, Mr Pistorius who after serving approximately one-sixth of his prison term, his release date to house arrest was announced for August 21, 2015. This release was based upon good behaviour and the fact that he was not considered a danger to the wider public.

Most of us are looking at the figureheads of these controversies, i.e. the Zuma’s, Malema’s and of recent Mandela’s grandson for rape but what about the victims?

Now… I’m not implying that money can buy you a get out of jail card!

Are Immigrants Human?

It will soon be acceptable to pass laws that negate our responsibilities to care, as we watch immigrants come and die at our borders. It does not matter what their stories are nor does it matter who raped or killed whomever, for they are all mere parasites! …Are they?

jfIn recent days immigrants have been the subject of discussion in the United Kingdom, France, USA and also South Africa. The population is increasing and people are realising that the world is not as big as they once believed. Goods and services are being traded from east to west without prejudice.

I read an article of how difficult imposing sanctions on a country would be enforced. Just look at our cell phones and we can see that the components have been sourced to various countries for manufacturing yet enemies have decided to look beyond the product or ethical buying, as globalisation has fuelled capitalism which means that the colour of the money is the moral compass.

I believe this also currently guides our immigration policies. I don’t believe that countries would reject or attempt to turn away wealthy, intelligent and resourceful people into its borders. The United States and Europe were built by the hands of skilful immigrants and slaves. So when boats of tanned, dirty and malnourished immigrants come close to the borders the thoughts of them draining upon the economy and abuses of the welfare system are calculated.

assWe have painted all immigrants with the same broad brush, which is that they all want to abuse our country. History will testify that the West were also immigrants to the lands of Africa, China and other lucrative colonies – proudly planting their flags of discovery upon “new found lands”?

As politics become fanatically polarised it will be acceptable for people like Donald Trump and others who monopolise the fear of having immigrants as liabilities, and this would further alienate these immigrants as “aliens” not belonging to humanity.

It will soon be acceptable to pass laws that negate our responsibilities to care, as we watch immigrants come and die at our borders. It does not matter what their stories are nor does it matter who raped or killed whomever, for they are all mere parasites! …are they?

How to deal with people minding your business!

Have you ever had the experience of dealing with people who have no business in your personal life yet they take the liberty to make it their business? The sad reality of it all is that one would imagine them being embarrassed to enquire of privy knowledge yet they do not see this as rude nor an imposition.

Have you ever had the experience of dealing with people who have no business in your personal life yet they take the liberty to make it their business? The sad reality of it all is that one would imagine them being embarrassed to enquire of privy knowledge yet they do not see this as rude nor an imposition.nosy2

What sort of response should be apt in such a circumstance, should fire and brimstone noting that they are to mind their own business? Or should there be the “turning the other cheek” principle and show love and grace by agreeing to comply in answering their loaded questions of delving fresh gossip?

This does leave a person at that moment in a state of shock – did they really have the cheek to ask you that? Well, my take on the matter is let them have it as pretending it’s ok for people to violate your privacy should be told where the boundary lies. Being honest with yourself is most important than “saving face”. That’s love!

So frankly, MIND YOU OWN BUSINESS!

Sleep well Mr President Zuma!

Sleep well Mr President as you have robbed some child who is watching you and your henchmen when you abuse his/her parents who will soon rise to take your place and justice will soon be replaced for revenge.

red1Europe is currently facing vast numbers of illegal emigrants trying to seek entry into its borders. The media watches the authorities’ every move and are ready to expose upon any breach of immigrants’ human rights.

Meanwhile… in South Africa despite its stance for equality and justice – we see as residents watched from across the street as the Red Ants (security firm- depicted for their red uniforms) went from flat to flat, emerging with their belongings. Smaller items were being thrown from the windows while larger items such as beds, couches, wardrobes and fridges were carried out.

Children and families have been left without shelter and their possession disrespected. Even criminals are treated with greater respect and as the Authorities’ and other African countries watch as their people are being abused whilst they rejoice. Rejoice because many of the illegal immigrants have escaped the tyranny of their leadership.

ants3Just maybe South Africa has brokered some deal to make life difficult for the immigrants so that they may discourage others from leaving Zimbabwe and similar abusive countres? So often Africans talk about the abuses of colonialism yet we can clearly see that Africa can’t even look after its own.

Just maybe this black and white difference were a lie to distract the masses for a few who desired after power grabbing. For the irony in all this is that the “freedom fighting” party is now as bad as the proponents of Apartheid as they watch injustice daily and sometimes are its very source of such hurt.

Sleep well Mr President as you have robbed some child who is watching you and your henchmen when you abuse his/her parents who will soon rise to take your place and justice will soon be replaced for revenge.

(Pictures filed by Naledi Shange, News24)

Who do you think you are? Are you not aware that I am Julius? – Why is SA forgetting who Julius really is!

We are now living in a time when we should be fearful and uncertainty looms upon the horizon, not aware what tomorrow would bring as black supremacy radicals are growing. Why is everyone forgetting who Julius Malema really is?

When South Africa voted the African National Congress (ANC) into power in 1994, there was fear that the masses would be out of control and violence would erupt on our streets. j

Instead the transition of government did have some hurdles but there was forgiveness and repentance as the rest of the world witnessed an historical epoch. Everyone especially the white people, embraced South Africa as their home and that we all are part of the rainbow nation.

Back then was a time to be fearful, a time of uncertainty, as all South Africa wanted to be hopeful. However we are now living in a time when we should be fearful and uncertainty looms upon the horizon, not aware what tomorrow would bring as black supremacy radicals are growing.

Why is everyone forgetting who Julius Malema is?  Here is a sequence of events you should consider.

African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema rose to the ANCYL presidency in 2008.

April 7 2008

Malema is elected as youth league president ahead of Saki Mofokeng at the league’s chaotic conference in Bloemfontein. Rumours of vote rigging abounded as the conference ran a day over its scheduled end.

June 16 2008

Malema says the league will take up arms and “kill” for African National Congress president Jacob Zuma at a youth day rally at Thaba ‘Nchu in the Free State. Opposition parties slam Malema’s comments—labelling them as hate speech—and the ANC distances itself from the remarks.

July 24 2008

Malema says Zuma will lead the country from prison if he was arrested following a legal battle with the National Prosecuting Authority regarding his indictment on charges that included allegations of racketeering, corruption, money laundering and fraud.

September 10 2008

Malema vows to “eliminate any force” blocking Zuma’s path to the presidency. He says the “Malema generation” would be responsible for making Zuma president of the country, regardless of corruption charges levelled at him. “Any force in our way we will eliminate. We are on a mission here. We will crush you. It doesn’t matter who you are, even if you are in the ANC,” he was quoted as saying.

September 21 2008

President Thabo Mbeki resigns after a damning judgement by Pietermaritzburg high court judge Chris Nicholson, which scrapped corruption charges against Zuma. The judge further intimating that the former president interfered in the case against his former deputy. Malema actively campaigned for his resignation referring on many occasions to Mbeki as a “dead snake” whom the ANC would soon bury.

January 23 2009

Malema suggests the woman who accused Zuma of rape had a “nice time” in an address to Cape Peninsula University of Technology students. “When a woman didn’t enjoy it, she leaves early in the morning. Those who had a nice time will wait until the sun comes out, request breakfast and ask for taxi money,” said Malema. Zuma was acquitted of rape charges brought against him by an HIV-positive woman, known as “Khwezi”, in 2006.

January 30 2009

He turns down a nomination to Parliament after being submitted as a candidate by ANC branches, saying “it’s only for old people”. Malema said he may reconsider a position in Parliament in 10 or 15 years.

February 11 2009

Malema criticises Education Minister Naledi Pandor for not taking action to resolve a salary dispute at the Tshwane University of Technology. He suggests the London-educated minister should “use her fake American accent to address our problems”.

February 23 2009

Malema turns down a challenge to publicly debate his Democratic Alliance counterpart Khume Ramulifho, saying he won’t debate with “Helen Zille’s garden boys”. The challenge came after he said former DA federal leader Joe Seremane’s role in the party was “to smile at the madam”.

May 1 2009

Calls DA leader Helen Zille “a racist little girl” and cautions her that as the new Western Cape premier she would be reporting to “President Zuma”.

July 2 2009

He issues his first call for South Africa’s mines to be nationalised, saying imperialist forces needed to accept “the failures of capitalism” and prepare for “the state to own the mines and other means of production as called for in the Freedom Charter”.

August 6 2009

He lambastes Zuma’s Cabinet appointments in the economics cluster, saying “We [black people] cannot just be reduced to security and the very important issue of economy is given to minorities.”

August 22 2009

Malema wades into the furore surrounding athlete Caster Semenya’s gender testing and calls on the government to prevent the tests from being carried out. “The International Amateur Athletic Federation decision to test Semenya is racist and sexist and we must not allow them to do it,” he said.

October 10 2009

Malema slams the prosecution of police National Commissioner Jackie Selebi, saying he was targeted “because he was black”. “In Jackie Selebi they want to prove a point they failed to prove in Zuma: that we [Africans] are corrupt, we like easy money, we like alcohol, we like women and we’ve got no skill,” he said.

November 1 2009

Malema is alleged to have taken traffic officers in Limpopo to task after they stopped him for allegedly speeding in his Range Rover. Malema apparently asked the officers: “Who do you think you are? Are you not aware that I am Julius, the president of the youth league? I know that some of you hate me.”

November 7 2009

Malema is granted around-the-clock VIP protection by the ministry of police after they conducted a report revealing that his life could be in danger. Opposition parties and civil rights groups slammed the move as an abuse of state resources.

December 13 2009

Malema labels members of the South African Communist Party (SACP) as “greedy yellow communists” after the national executive committee member Billy Masetlha were booed at a recent SACP conference in Polokwane.

January 11 2010

He slams former president FW De Klerk as a product of apartheid, who was forced to release Nelson Mandela from prison. Addressing a crowd of several thousand at Drakenstein Prison, Malema said De Klerk left a legacy of “racism, unemployment and housing problems”.

February 1 2010

He makes clear his intention to have ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe replaced by former league president Fikile Mbalula after a three day lekgotla in Muldersdrift.

February 11 2010

Malema said former president Nelson Mandela supported nationalisation, both before and after he went to prison. “We stand opposed to any peace-time heroes who want to oppose nationalisation as not being a policy of the ANC. Madiba himself is better placed to give a proper interpretation of the Freedom Charter, because Madiba was in the forefront as a volunteer-in-chief,” Malema said.

March 8 2010

Allegations arise that Malema may have benefited from tenders in his home province of Limpopo. He is proved to be a director at SGL Engineering Projects, which secured government contracts worth R140-million between 2007 and 2009. It is also alleged Malema may not be up to date with his taxes, with opposition parties calling on the South African Revenue Services to investigate him.

March 15 2010

Malema is convicted of hate speech following his comments made about the woman who accused Zuma of rape. The Equality Court orders Malema to make an unconditional apology and pay R50 000. He appeals the ruling. On the same day, Afriforum lays another hate speech complaint against Malema at the Equality Court for singing Ayesaba amaGwala which contains the words dubul’ ibhunu (“kill the boer”). Malema vows to continue singing the song.

March 18 2010

Malema pays a visit to Molemo “Jub-Jub” Maarohanye in prison on the eve of the hip-hop artist’s court appearance for the murder of four schoolboys after a drag racing incident in Soweto.

March 26 2010

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela announces a probe into tenders awarded to Malema’s SGL Engineering Projects after complaints by AfriForum Youth and the Congress of the People (Cope).

April 2 2010

Embarks on a visit to Zimbabwe where he endorses President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party and lauds the country’s controversial land grab process.

April 8 2010

ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema kicks a BBC journalist Jonah Fisher out of a press conference in Luthuli House, calling him “a bastard and a bloody agent”.

April 18 2010

ANC orders him to appear before a disciplinary committee following:

Criticising President Zuma while drawing a comparison between the leadership of Zuma and former president Thabo Mbeki

Controversially pronouncing support for the Zanu-PF in Zimbabwe

His public altercation with BBC journalist Fisher; and

His continued singing of the Ayesaba amaGwala despite an ANC order not to do so, following the death of white supremacist Eugene Terre’blanche.

May 11 2010

Malema escapes serious sanction at his disciplinary hearing with a suspended sentence, a R10 000 fine and an order to attend anger management classes as well as publicly apologise to Zuma. Malema is warned he faces suspension or even possible expulsion from the ANC should he transgress again.

July 19 2010

Malema mounts a campaign to purge the league of his opponents ahead of the league’s conference in June 2011 beginning with former Limpopo chairperson, Lehlogonolo Masoga.

September 20 2010

Earns a rebuke from Zuma at the ANC’s national general council policy meeting for his calls to nationalise mines and for suggesting he would not support the president at the ANC’s Mangaung conference in 2012. Malema still succeeds to have the issue of nationalise placed up for review by ANC top brass ahead of Mangaung.

December 2 2010

Refuses to pay the R50 000 fine imposed on him by the Equality Court after losing a case brought against him by the Sonke Gender Justice Network for the comments he made about Zuma’s rape accuser.

April 7 2011

Calls on citizens to vote for the ANC in the local government elections so that it will “keep Mandela alive and well”.

“President Mandela is sick and you don’t want to contribute to a worsening condition of Mandela by not voting ANC. President Mandela will never endure if the ANC is out of power,” he said. The comments come after Mandela fell seriously ill in January.

April 10 2011

Malema arrived at his hate-speech hearing protected by at least five armed bodyguards toting M14 assault rifles. “It’s none of your business who is paying for it, but it is not government,” spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said when asked about the guards.

May 20 2011

Dubs DA spokesperson Lindiwe Mazibuko a “tea girl” after refusing to debate with her in a live television broadcast following the announcement of local government election results.

June 16 2011

Malema is re-elected unopposed for a second term.

July 6 2011

He labels the United States a “blood thirsty imperialist” for bombing Libya with its Nato allies and lambastes the South African government for voting in favour of a United Nations resolution for a no-fly zone over the North African country.

July 19 2011

He is reported to be building a R16m mansion on the site of his now demolished Sandown home. He refuted the allegations, saying the reports were “not factual” but if they were, it would “be nobody’s business”.

July 24 2011

A report by City Press reveals Malema allegedly receives funds funnelled through the “Ratanang Family Trust” from unscrupulous businessmen for securing tenders in Limpopo. Malema goes to ground, with the ANCYL slamming the reports and saying the fund is used solely for charitable purposes. Following the reports, AfriForum lays graft charges against Malema at the Brooklyn police station in Pretoria.

July 31 2011

The league issues a statement saying that it would work in tandem with opposition parties in Botswana to unseat President Ian Khama’s Botswana Democratic Party which they labelled a “footstool of imperialism”.

August 18 2011

After weeks of verbal volleying, the ANC announces it will bring disciplinary charges against Malema and his spokesperson Floyd Shivambu for violating the party’s constitution and sowing divisions within the organisation. This is followed by the Hawks announcing it had launched a formal investigation into Malema’s business dealings along with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

August 30 2011

Malema’s supporters clash with police and journalists on the first day of the youth leader’s hearing. Several journalists and police are injured as they are pelted with stones and bottles. ANC flags and T-shirts bearing the image of President Jacob Zuma are also burnt by the protesters. The ANC condemns the violence and moves the hearing from Luthuli House.

September 21 2011

Malema’s disciplinary hearing is once again postponed. On the same day, legal representatives of Malema and the ANC head back to the equality court to challenge the order banning the singing of dubul’ ibhunu as too broad.

October 5 2011

Malema is admitted to hospital in Polokwane with “flu-like symptoms” on the eve of the resumption of his disciplinary hearing . The ANC accepts his absence and schedules the hearing to be resumed later in October.

October 19 2011

Malema is quoted as using a racial slur in reference to South Africans of Indian descent when addressing a gathering in Thembelihle south of Johannesburg. He sticks to his statement but apologises for any misunderstanding and offence caused.

October 27 2011

Malema leads a “march for economic freedom” from Johannesburg to Pretoria. About 5000 protesters stop at the Chamber of Mines and Johannesburg Stock Exchange on their way to Pretoria, demanding nationalisation of the mining and banking sectors. The marchers’ final stop is the Union Buildings, where a memorandum of demands for widespread changes to the economy is handed over. While the march is hailed by the youth league as a success that struck a blow against capitalism, it is widely regarded as little more than a public relations exercise reinforcing Malema’s support.

October 30

The Sunday Independent reports Malema faces imminent arrest for alleged involvement in corruption related to the awarding of tenders in Limpopo.

October 31 2011

Reports emerge Malema jetted off to Mauritius after the youth league’s economic freedom march. He allegedly swilled expensive champagne and partied with several benefactors of tenders in Limpopo province.

November 7 2011

After several postponements, closing arguments in Malema’s disciplinary hearing are delivered during late night meetings in Johannesburg.

November 9 2011

The ANC announces it will reveal the outcome of Malema’s disciplinary hearing at a press conference to be held at Luthuli House in Johannesburg. The youth league confirms Malema will be not be present at the announcement.

November 10 2011

Malema and several youth league leaders are suspended from the ANC for a period of five years after being found guilty of undermining party leadership and sowing division in party ranks for his criticism of President Jacob Zuma. He is also guilty of bringing the party into disrepute by recklessly denouncing the Botswanan government, in conflict with ANC policies. He is found not guilty on separate charges of inciting hatred and racism. Malema acts with immediate vitriol stating he will “fight the enemy until the end”.

November 16 2011

Malema tears into the ANC NDC by announcing the youth league’s decision to appeal their leaders’ suspension. He labels the NDC’s findings as “unfounded” and calls for a political solution to the melee. He again reiterates the suspensions are politically motivated in an attempt to silence the league.

November 24 2011

Malema meets the midnight deadline to appeal his suspension.

November 27 2011

According to a report in the Sunday Times Malema says he “finished politically” and intends moving into the cattle farming industry in Limpopo. He again refers to his suspension being politically motivated and that the NDC had a “predetermined” outcome.

December 19

Malema is handed a political lifeline by being voted onto the Limpopo ANC’s provincial working committee.

January 8 2012

Malema quietly sits on stage and listens to Zuma’s speech at the ANC centenary celebrations, while his supporters chant “Juju! Juju!” before and during the address. ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete is forced to call them to order on several occasions and eventually threatens to have them removed unless they compose themselves. Malema supports follow this up with a mini-walkout as Zuma is talking. After the speech, Malema is pictured laughing and joking with former President Thabo Mbeki. While Malema was told he would not be allowed to make a speech at the centenary celebrations, he held a rally just outside Mangaung.

January 24 2012

The appeal hearing into the NDC’s decision to suspend Malema and co is held amid a media blackout at Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

February 4 2012

The decision to suspend Malema and other youth league members is upheld. The ANC’s NDCA chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa describes the league’s argument the case is politically motivated as “nave”. The NDCA does however offer the league an opportunity to argue in mitigation of sentence—a privilege also be offered to the ANC. The NDC must reconvene within two weeks to hear the arguments.

February 10 2012

Malema continues his verbal assault on Zuma and other senior ANC leaders at the league’s annual lekgotla in Centurion. Without referring specifically to Zuma, Malema said: “We need more decisive and sophisticated leadership to understand the current phase of our struggle.” He also called on the ANC to choose a leadership that is capable of putting the interests of the nation before their own.

February 13 2012

Malema’s arguments for aggravating circumstances in mitigation of sentence begin at Luthuli House in Johannesburg. After an outcry over only being granted two hours per respondent to argue their case, the process is adjourned until February 16.

February 29 2012

Malema is expelled from the ANC for portraying the its government and its leadership under President Jacob Zuma in “a negative light”, and for statements on regime change in Botswana, at a press conference on July 31 2011. He has been given 14 days to appeal his sentence.

Do you think that the royal family is an expensive “tourist attraction”?

A Birmingham MP has hit out at the royal family after it was claimed taxpayers spend £334 million of them every year. Roger Godsiff, MP for Birmingham Hall Green, said: “ “This is a huge amount of money to waste on what is essentially a tourist attraction.”

The Government pays the royals a grant known as the Sovereign Grant, which is expected to be £40 million this year. godshiff

A Birmingham MP has hit out at the royal family after it was claimed taxpayers spend £334 million of them every year.  Roger Godsiff, MP for Birmingham Hall Green, said: “ “This is a huge amount of money to waste on what is essentially a tourist attraction.”

A study by pressure group Republic, which supports the abolition of the monarchy, said the figure was much higher when other costs such as security, other staff costs and the use of publicly-owned buildings was taken into account.

rf5He went on to say that is was working to hand out huge sums to “a tiny group of super-wealthy individuals” when Birmingham residents are struggling with rising cost of living. The MP spoke out after a report found that the true costs of the royals to the country is £334 million, eight times the official figure.  That comes to £18.5 million for each “working royal” – the royals who carry out official duties.

He added: “I believe that we need a UK where all citizens are equal and hereditary privilege has been abolished. Everyone should have the same start in life, and no one should be able to live a life of massive luxury and extravagance which is funded by hard-working taxpayers.”

Do you think that Mr Godsiff comments are fair and that the royal family is an expensive “tourist attraction”?

Do white people have a future in South Africa?

All these disadvantages are looked upon as retribution, a sort of “karma”, and the punishment for previously abusing the natives. Therefore the common response or sentiment is, “the whites did this to the natives and now it’s the their turn”.

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Warning: this article includes graphic images some readers may find disturbing

There is a place in Pretoria called Sunshine Corner, where you will witness first hand of a sympathetic white farmer allowing the homeless to find a home on his land. However the picturesque is all too familiar with poverty – Shacks (informal settlements), dirty stagnant water, rubbish, old furniture and broken down cars. There are more than 100 white squatter camps in South Africa – that number is growing as the weakest and most vulnerable have no choice but to live with no water or electricity. These inhabitants live on two hand-out meals of maize porridge a day. It is estimated that more than 500,000, poor white live in such conditions.SA

There is no social security nor welfare, not mentioning the illiteracy and basic skills of the children growing on such estates, whom now face a handy capped future and as soon as they are of “working age”, many are forced to seek work to merely survive.

There is the other issue of being murdered for those living far higher up the social scale and their possessions are plundered. The newspapers almost on a weekly basis mentions of white farmers being murdered. Approximately more than 6,000 have died since the democracy. Therefore many of the white farmers are fleeing for their safety, which has caused a void in the agricultural production.

All these disadvantages are looked upon as retribution, a sort of “karma”, and the punishment for previously abusing the natives. Therefore the common response or sentiment is, “the whites did this to the natives and now it’s the their turn”. The sanctity and respect for life is avoided lest people should realise thIMG_1707at despite being white or black, people suffer whilst the partisans of ideologies watch from ivory towers. Ubantu sees no colour and therefore as long as South Africa remembers that we are a unique diverse country of beautiful cultures then only I believe that the whites have a future!